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The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings

COURSE NO: M07-006
The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings
Course Highlights

This online engineering PDH course provides information on the current and projected trends in Air Conditioning (AC) systems and the precautionary measures to be taken to overcome the future global warming impact due to an increased global AC usage. 


An estimated 15% of the global population has air conditioning, providing comfortable indoor temperatures and high indoor air quality. However, in many regions, AC is increasingly becoming a humanitarian necessity as a result of increasing global temperatures. The rapidly growing demand in AC will cause further climate change unless governments, businesses and organizations take necessary steps to reduce the direct and indirect impacts from AC usage.


For the past hundred years, AC systems operated using vapor-compression cycles, having refrigerants as the working fluid. However, the global warming potential of today’s refrigerants are thousands of times higher than those used in the past. Therefore, the latest research studies and the newly developed technologies tend to reduce direct climate impact through the reduction or elimination of refrigerants altogether, and the indirect impact through improved energy efficient systems.


This 7 PDH online course is applicable to mechanical and HVAC engineers as well as others interested in learning more about the future of AC systems and the technologies that aim to reduce the projected global warming impact resulting from an increased demand in AC systems.
Learning Objectives

This PE continuing education course is intended to provide you with the following specific knowledge and skills:

  • Familiarizing with current and projected AC systems in residential and commercial buildings
  • Understanding the direct and indirect global warming contributions of available systems
  • Learning about the increasing demand and the expected growth of the AC market
  • Learning about the next generation of AC systems
  • Gaining a general overview of various ways to achieve energy efficiency improvements
  • Familiarizing with the different pathways to a sustainable AC future
Course Document
In this professional engineering CEU course, you need to review the course document titled, “The Future of Air Conditioning for Buildings”, which is based on the US DOE, Energy Efficiency & Renewable Energy, Building Technology Office, publication number DOE/EE-1394.
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Course Quiz
Once you complete your course review, you need to take a multiple-choice quiz consisting of thirty-five (35) questions to earn 7 PDH credits. The quiz will be based on the entire document.
The minimum passing score is 70%. There is no time limit on the quiz, and you can take it multiple times until you pass at no additional cost.
Certificate of Completion

Upon successful completion of the quiz, print your Certificate of Completion instantly. (Note: if you are paying by check or money order, you will be able to print it after we receive your payment.) For your convenience, we will also email it to you. Please note that you can log in to your account at any time to access and print your Certificate of Completion.

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